Tuesday, March 23, 2021


I've switched out my header last evening for something of a more spring vibe. This one was taken last May during the Tulip Festival, at Dow's Lake. 

This exhibited focused on the Group of Seven, but also some of their contemporaries and other artists whose work made their way into the Firestone Collection and ultimately into the Ottawa Art Gallery. Some of these are collected below; the Canadian artists Robert Hyndman, Norval Morrisseau, Henri Masson, Kazuo Nakamura, Doris McCarthy, and Paul-Emile Borduas are represented in these six canvases.

The exhibit shares what the Group was doing both during and after their time of exhibiting together.

Two works of the Group are here. At top is Looking Towards Seymour From Lynn Valley, BC, by F.H. Varley. Below it is Laurentians by Edwin Holgate.

Here we have a work by A.J. Casson, Frood Lake At Willisville.

A.Y. Jackson painted Lac Rouviere in 1963.

Two more works by Arthur Lismer, another member of the Group.  At top is Old Pine, Georgian Bay, Ontario. Below it is Georgian Bay Pines.

These are sketches by members of the Group.

Decades after the Group of Seven had exhibited together, A.Y. Jackson spent some of his later years living in the Ottawa Valley. This display panel notes his particular connection with the Firestones, and why this gallery now possesses so many of his paintings. We'll pick up here tomorrow.


  1. I thought that new header was a little too floral for March in Ottawa, though I can't fault your optimism. Thanks for more wonderful pictures from the Group of Seven, artists that I admire greatly and have only discovered through reading various blogs from Canada.

  2. Some great paintings here. The Group of Seven are very talented, love these gallery tours.

  3. I love your new header !! That's cheerful !
    The paintings are a bit classical, I am in a painter group and also paint myself.

  4. These artists make wonderful paintings.
    I really love the sixth painting in your first photo.

  5. The tulips on your header are a very welcome burst of colour.

  6. ...WOW, your new header is just what I needed today!

  7. I like most of their work if not quite all of it.

  8. New, SPRINGY banner, yay!!! No need to mention it, it SPRANG into my SPRING eye :-)
    I think museums are still closed here, another hard lockdown, so thank you for letting me walk through this (the flowers stole the show, though).

  9. Love your beautiful and colourful blog header.

  10. Great artwork ~ wonderful style they had ~

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. @Linda: thanks!

    @John: they were wonderful artists.

    @Gemel: I enjoy showing them..

    @Gattina: art is beyond me.

    @Jan: they stand out to me too.

    @David: it was time for it.

    @Marianne: thank you.

    @Tom: thanks!

    @Anvilcloud: thank you.

    @Magiceye: this one was a favourite from last year.

    @Iris: museums here are regulated for entrance and other procedures for the time being.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @RedPat: they did.

    @Carol: definitely.

  12. The group of 7 had a lot of talent.

  13. I especially like that painting of Frood Lake.

  14. My favorite is A.J. Casson's Frood Lake. Awesome new header, William. It's wonderful to see all the colours of the tulips.

  15. Lots of wonderful Group of Seven works at the McMichael gallery in Kleinburg.... I love visiting there but have not been for a couple of years due to Covid.

  16. @Red: it was time for one.

    @Marie: so do I.

    @Sharon: they did.

    @DJan: me too.

    @Bill: thanks!

    @Revrunner: as do I.

    @Shammickite: I'd like to see that gallery again someday.

    @Joanne: that they were.

  17. I like the new header!!
    And love the Group of Seven!

  18. I am a huge art appreciation fan and really enjoy studying paintings, theres always something new to see.

  19. Wow an amazing collection thanks!

  20. They were a super talented group William, always enjoy seeing their work ✨

  21. I love every single one of these. I'd love to see them in person.

  22. Such wonderful tulips in your banner photograph.

    Some great paintings here on your post.

    All the best Jan